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Holy Redeemer junior pulls off an upset

Marissa Durako defeats Regan Rome and Tori Gerlach in Robbins Races.

Fans cheer on Holy Redeemer junior Marissa Durako as she heads to victory in the girls 5K run during the 37th Annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational on Saturday in Dallas Twp.

Don Carey/The Times Leader

DALLAS TWP. – Holy Redeemer High School junior Marissa Durako pulled off a big surprise Saturday at Letterkenny Fields.

She ran to victory in the varsity girls 5K run – the premier race of the day at the Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational – breaking the tape in 19 minutes, 52 seconds.

“I wasn’t expecting to win here today,” Durako said. “I knew that Regan Rome and Tori Gerlach were here. And I had never defeated either of them before.”

Gerlach, a senior from Pennridge who won the Class AAA state championship last year in the 3,200 meters, was the favorite. Her runner-up finish was 12 seconds behind Durako. Kate Scott, a junior from Council Rock North, finished third in 20:19. Scranton Prep sophomore Tessa Barrett finished fourth in 20:31. Rome, a sophomore from Dallas, who won the Varsity Girls 5K last year, finished fifth, 11 seconds behind Barrett.

“Tori led throughout most of the race,” Durako said. “With about 1,000 meters to go, I caught up to her. Then, on a downhill, I let myself go. I got in front of her and just kept pushing. I knew Regan and Tori had good kicks. And I’m not known for having a good kick. So I wasn’t sure if I could hold them off. But I did. I’m really happy with my performance. But it was a battle right to the end.”

A real battle continued right to the end in the junior varsity girls 3K when Pittston Area eighth grader Tara Johnson claimed a one-second win over Ally Rome, an eighth grader from Dallas. Johnson’s winning time was 12:05.

“I pushed the entire way,” Johnson said. “Throughout the race I just kept trying to keep pace with (Rome) and waiting for her to tire. I finally caught and passed her right at the beginning of the chute.”

The race, however, wasn’t without some controversy.

It seems that Rome may have lost a few seconds when she was slowed by the pace vehicle. The driver had pulled over so as to not run over the pads that register the chip timing.

Levi Upham, an eighth grader from Northeast Bradford, ran to victory in the junior varsity boys 3K, finishing in 10:43. He outran Dom Hockenbury, an eighth grader from Lake-Lehman, by eight seconds. Kyle Perry, a freshman from Scranton Prep, finished third, one second behind Hockenbury.

“I passed two guys and took the lead at the 1-mile marker,” Upham said. “Me and (Perry) battled for about 300 meters. Then I put on a surge and took control and just kept control to the finish.”

Sean Burke, a senior from Abington Heights, ran to victory in the varsity boys 5K. Burke broke the tape in 16:58. Two juniors from Northeast Bradford, Curt Jewett (17:09) and Sam Williams (17:17) finished second and third.

“I ran in second and third place for the first two miles,” Burke said. “At mile 2, I started reeling in Curt. I caught and passed him on a downhill with about a half-mile to go. Once I had the lead, I hammered it to the finish. I gapped him by enough and was able to hold on for the win.”

Wyoming Valley Striders 37th Annual Cliff Robbins Sr. Memorial High School Invitational

The top-25 finishers in each race received trophies.

Junior high girls 3K

Tara Johnson, 8, Pittston Area, 12:05

Ally Rome, 8, Dallas, 12:06

Lydia Werner, 8, Northeast Bradford, 12:32

Maggie Toczko, 8, Tunkhannock Area, 12:43

Kate Reilly, Holy Cross, 12:53

Clare Schoen, fr., Scranton Prep, 13:00

Mary Lundin, fr., Scranton Prep, 13:00

Alyssa Mendos, fr., Riverside, 13:08

Emily Carr, Scranton Prep, 13:10

Mackenzie Bilbow, 8, Wyoming Area, 13:12

Joanna Bernatowicz, 8, North Pocono, 13:29

Katie Grose, 8, Dallas, 13:29

Courtney Dukeman, 8, Blue Mountain, 13:31

Jill Bosley, fr., North Pocono, 13:36

Meg Manglaviti, 8, Tunkhannock Area, 13:38

Autumn Frost, 8, Tunkhannock Area, 13:41

Abby Sheerer, 8, Pittston Area, 13:42

Gabrielle Krause, 7, Blue Mountain, 13:48

Lauren Holt, fr., Lakeland, 13:51

Morgan Manglaviti, 8, Tunkhannock Area, 13:58

Meg McGowan, fr., Scranton Prep, 14:06

Erin Feeney, 8, Holy Cross, 14:06

Kelly Shannon, fr., North Pocono, 14:08

Alexandra Johnson, 8, Blue Mountain, 14:09

Erika Yuengling, 8, Blue Mountain, 14:10

Field: 154 finishers.

Junior high boys 3K

Levi Upham, 8, Northeast Bradford, 10:45

Dom Hockenbury, 8, Lake-Lehman, 10:51

Kyle Perry, fr., Scranton Prep, 10:52

Ben Evans, fr., Scranton Prep, 10:55

Jacob Ross, fr., Abington Heights, 11:12

Nathan Morgan, fr., Lakeland, 11:15

Ryan Burke, fr., Scranton Prep, 11:18

Mike Robinson, fr., Scranton Prep, 11:20

Brandon Ventura, fr., Abington Heights, 11:29

Ben Sullivan, fr., Scranton Prep, 11:31

Matt Molinaro, fr., Abington Heights, 11:37

Matt Kravitz, 8, North Pocono, 11:40

J.P. Walsh, 8, North Pocono, 11:43

Chris Horne, fr., Abington Heights, 11:46

Jake Burgoyne, fr., Abington Heights, 11:49

Jacob Toczko, 8, Tunkhannock Area, 11:50

Chris Clark, fr., Abington Heights, 11:51

Mike Arzie, 8, Lakeland, 11:51

Trevor DeWale, fr., Scranton Prep, 11:52

Owen Brier, fr., Scranton Prep, 11:52

Sam Beers, 8, Northeast Bradford, 11:53

Stephen Bath, fr., Dallas, 11:56

Ken French, 8, Holy Cross, 12:07

Neil Mras, fr., Lake-Lehman, 12:08

Shawn Kidd, fr., Lake-Lehman, 12:10

Field: 149 finishers.

Varsity girls 5K

Marissa Durako, jr., Holy Redeemer, 19:52

Victoria Gerlach, sr., Pennridge, 20:04

Kate Scott, jr., Council Rock North, 20:19

Tessa Barrett, so., Scranton Prep, 20:31

Regan Rome, so., Dallas, 20:42

Rachel Sowinski, jr., Holy Redeemer, 20:43

Erin Jaeger, so., Abington Heights, 20:46

Taylor Ross, jr., Abington Heights, 20:58

Catherine Lombardo, jr., Pittston Area, 21:05

Kaelyn Heineke, so., Council Rock North, 21:07

Nicole Buehrle, fr., Hazleton Area, 21:11

Amy Viti, sr., Hanover Area, 21:17

Kat Ruszowska, sr., North Pocono, 21:23

Alexandria Plant, jr., Wyoming Valley West, 21:28

Kate Lewis, fr., North Pocono, 21:29

Bianca Bolton, sr., Pittston Area, 21:32

Cassandra Gill, jr., Holy Redeemer, 21:49

Lindsey Oremus, fr., Dallas, 21:51

Sara Radzwilka, sr., Wyoming Area, 21:57

Molly Kane, sr., North Pocono, 21:59

Brianne Ligotski, sr., Holy Redeemer, 22:00

Hannah Coffin, sr., Crestwood, 22:02

Jenn Burke, so., Abington Heights, 22:02

Bryanna Dissinger, so., Dallas, 22:08

Emily Sutton, Lake-Lehman, 22:16

Field: 219 finishers.

Varsity boys 5K

Sean Burke, sr., Abington Heights, 16:58

Curt Jewett, jr., Northeast Bradford, 17:09

Sam Williams, jr., Northeast Bradford, 17:17

Dom DeLuca, so., Dallas, 17:38

Rico Galassi, jr., Holy Cross, 17:41

Jess Adams, sr., Dallas, 17:52

Chris Ehret, sr., Dallas, 18:02

Alex Zubko, sr., Dallas, 18:02

Mike Ford, jr., Holy Redeemer, 18:07

Paul LaBelle, jr., Scranton Prep, 18:14

Chris Mullin, sr., Phoenixville, 18:15

Jacob Fetterman, jr., Hazleton Area, 18:38

Dave Rubino, so., North Pocono, 18:43

Sam Kantner, sr., Blue Mountain, 18:46

Tyler Sutton, sr., Wyalusing, 18:54

Bennett Williams, jr, Wyoming Valley West, 18:54

Jason Sansky, sr., Mid Valley, 18:56

Brandon Murray, jr., Dunmore, 18:56

Todd Davenport, sr., Dunmore, 19:00

Brandon Devonshire, so., Northeast Bradford, 19:01

Jacob Bevan, sr., Lake-Lehman, 19:02

Joe Butkiewicz, jr., Wyoming Valley West, 19:04

Ti O’Hearn, sr., Scranton Prep, 19:05

Alex Gentile, so., North Pocono, 19:05

Andy Nelson, sr., Holy Cross, 19:12

Field: 266 finishers.

Total field: 896 entered from 28 schools. Pace vehicle: John Fisher. Official starter: Joe Curry. Timing and results: Runner’s High ( www.runhigh.com). Backup timer: Vince P. Wojnar. Race director: Vince A. Wojnar. Striders president: Jim Jackiewicz.

Schedule

Sunday, Sept. 25: Wilkes-Barre Lupus Loop 5K Run/Walk at 11 a.m. at Kirby Park. Info: 1 (888) 99-LUPUS.

Sunday, Oct. 2: Scranton Lupus Loop 5K Run/Walk at 11 a.m. at Nay Aug Park. Info: 1 (888) 99-LUPUS.

Note: The Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley’s Benjamin August Memorial 3 Mile Run/Walk, that was originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11 has been postponed. The race will be run on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the JCC, River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Info: Bill Buzza, 824-4646 ext. 232.

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